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Among the first skyscrapers built in the world, the Wainwright Building by Louis Sullivan and partner Dankmar Adler is regarded as an influential prototype of a modern office architecture. The building aesthetically exemplifies the theories of Sullivan's tall building, with the tripartite composition of base, shaft and attic, which is based on the structure of the classical column. "The skyscraper must be tall, every inch of it tall. The force and power of altitude must be in it, the glory and pride of exaltation must be in it. It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exultation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line." The building was named after a local financier, Ellis Wainwright, who needed office space to manage the St Louis Brewers Association. With the intention of opening up the corner of the building to the street, the first floor was dedicated to street-level shops and the second to be easily accessible public offices.  View more View full description
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